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• One last bit of information related to the scholarship changes I wrote about earlier this week.
On the new handy-dandy scholarship grid, a faculty member noticed that the high school GPA requirements were listed as being on a “4.0 scale.”
The faculty member wondered how that applied to weighted GPAs, which several high schools use to give extra points to reward students for taking challenging courses.
Matt Melvin, associate vice provost for recruitment and enrollment, confirmed to me that KU, as in the past, will continue to use both weighted and unweighted GPAs in determining if students qualify for scholarships.
The 4.0 scale, he said, refers to schools that use different grading scales, like a five-point scale, in determining their GPAs. In those cases, KU will adjust the grades to a four-point scale.
The question of how to factor in weighted grades is an interesting question, because not all schools weight their GPAs, so some students are rewarded for taking hard classes, while others aren’t.
But opting not to honor a weighted GPA might have an impact on a high school student who chose to take a risk on a harder class knowing that they would have some cushion from the weighted measure.
It’s an interesting thought.
• Thanks to all those who alerted me to a message from Ola Faucher, director of human resources for KU.
Her message essentially said that we won’t be seeing a huge bunch of retirements from KU as a result of the state’s Voluntary Retirement Incentive Program announced on Tuesday. In fact, we won’t be seeing any, because no KU employee qualifies for the program.
The program is designed, Faucher wrote, to provide incentives for employees to retire early so the state could generate salary and benefit savings.
Eligible employees include unclassified employees whose salary is approved by the governor. The governor does not approve unclassified salaries at regents schools, Faucher wrote.
• As classes return, so will the “Hot Dog Man,” who operates that small stand on Wescoe Beach that sells hot dogs, chips and cans of soda for a dollar each.
He’ll be back for the sixth year.
Affiliated with KU Dining Services, on the first day of classes, he’ll be on the west side of Wescoe Beach in his usual spot, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Then, each Tuesday and Wednesday from those same hours after that, weather permitting.
What I don’t know is anything about the Hot Dog Man. (Is it always the same guy?) Inquiring minds need to know.
• If you can’t wait for the Hot Dog Man, you can always send tips to the Heard on the Hill Man (I actually am the same guy every day). All you have to do is send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.